Nick Hallett is a Brooklyn-based composer, vocalist, and cultural producer working between the worlds of sound, art, and performance. "He draws on a wide range of seemingly contrasting musical genres—from indie rock to early Romantic to electronica to opera—to create arrangements that deploy the voice as an instrument." (Art21)
His music has been presented in New York at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Ecstatic Music Festival, Hayden Planetarium/AMNH, The Public Theater/Joe's Pub, Town Hall, Performa, The Kitchen, ISSUE Project Room, Roulette, National Sawdust, and Le Poisson Rouge, among many others.
In 2017, he completed the composition of a trilogy of musical scores for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company's Analogy cycle, currently touring. In 2016, Hallett's remixes of music by the choreographer John Bernd (1953-88) were integrated into Variations on Themes from Lost & Found, directed by Ishmael Houston-Jones and Miguel Gutierrez at Danspace Project. The work was recognized as Outstanding Revival at the 2017 New York Dance & Performance "Bessie" awards.
His first opera, co-authored with artist Shana Moulton, Whispering Pines 10, premiered at The Kitchen in April 2010 and has since been staged at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, SFMOMA, Carolina Performing Arts, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art's TBA Festival, Cricoteka (Kraków), and The Warhol Museum, among others. Hallett and Moulton were awarded a Creative Capital grant to adapt the project for the Internet. His second opera, titled To Music, is currently in development.
Internationally, Hallett and his music have appeared at Transmediale/CTM Festival (Berlin), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Centro de Experimentación del Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), Mutek Mexico City, and Singapore International Festival of Arts, among others.
In 2007, after organizing a performance of the Joshua Light Show at The Kitchen, Hallett began serving as Music Director to its founder, Joshua White. In 2004, Hallett and Zach Layton co-founded the Darmstadt series, which presents rarely-staged works from the experimental music canon.